S73: The real world impact of the Partners in Recovery initiative on consumer needs in Gippsland, Victoria.

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Authors: Anton Isaacs, Kim Dalziel, Keith Sutton, Darryl Maybery

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Change, Innovation, Reform,Research & Evaluation Informing Practice,Funding – Changing Models, Systems

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Objective: To study the real world impact of the Partners in Recovery [PIR] initiative on consumer needs in Gippsland and to explore factors associated with positive change.
Methods: Demographic data and the Camberwell Assessment of Need Short Appraisal Schedule (CANSAS) data of consumers who enrolled in the PIR initiative in Gippsland were analysed to study changes in consumer needs.

Results: Of the 179 enrolled consumers, 173 (97%) completed CANSAS measurement. At enrolment they reported ‘some problems’ in a mean 8.8 areas and after involvement in the PIR initiative they reported ‘some problems’ in 7.1 areas. The greatest lessening of needs was in the areas of accommodation, use of other services and information on one’s condition.

Sixty one consumers (34%) achieved ‘positive change’ or reduction in 3 or more categories of need. Being female (1.97 fold increase) and living alone (1.35 fold increase) significantly improved the odds of achieving ‘positive change’ (p<0.01).

Conclusion: This study provides a snapshot of the real-world impact of a care coordinated mental health service model and demonstrates that the most important needs of consumers with severe and persistent mental illness are not necessarily of a medical nature.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Listeners of this presentation will learn that accommodation, utilisation of related services and information on one's condition are important needs of consumers with severe and persistent mental illness. They will also learn that women who live alone should be particularly invested in since they are most likely to benefit from such programs.

Learning Objective 2: This study is of particular relevance for those who are interested or are involved in the transition of the PIR program to the NDIS. It showcases the types of needs that the NDIS will have to address among clients who have transitioned from the PIR program.

Sutton, K., Isaacs, A.N., Dalziel, K., Maybery, D.(2016) Roles and competencies of the Support Facilitator in Australia’s recovery-oriented mental health initiative: a qualitative study from Gippsland, Victoria. Australian Health Review. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15183

Isaacs, A.N., Sutton, K., Dalziel, K., Maybery, D. (2017). Outcomes of a care coordinated service model for persons with severe and persistent mental illness: A qualitative study. International journal of Social Psychiatry. 63(1) 40–47.

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